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Wednesday, 12 February, 2003, 11:44 GMT
Hendrix memorial to open in Seattle
Jimi Hendrix
The memorial will provide more space for his fans to pay homage
A spectacular memorial for rock star Jimi Hendrix is nearing completion at his resting place in Seattle in the US.

It will take the form of a domed tomb featuring granite walkways, multicoloured marble and a bronze sculpture of the legendary 1960s guitarist.

Hendrix's family says the memorial will open in April to accommodate the thousands of fans who pay homage to him each year.

Hendrix died in London in 1970 aged 27 after a short-lived but influential career which helped to change the face of rock music.

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His remains have already been placed inside the tomb along with those of his father, Al, and stepmother Ayako.

The memorial is situated at the Greenwood Memorial Park and Cemetery in Seattle.

The singer's previous grave site was often left muddy from rain and littered with beer cans discarded by fans paying homage to their hero.

Hendrix was born near to the site in Renton, 10 miles south of Seattle.

Janie Hendrix, Jimi's half-sister, said: "There were thousands of people visiting each year, but it was muddy and wasn't conducive to the fans playing homage.

"Our father wanted it done before he passed away last year."

Permanent memorial

In November, Seattle citizens marked what would have been Hendrix's 60th birthday with a series of events including live concerts.

The memorial is expected to appease many critics who have bemoaned the lack of any permanent memorial to Seattle's most famous son.

There are no street names or public buildings named after him, nor any prominent statues.

Hendrix became the first major black rock artist to lead a band with white backing members.

Many music fans regard him as the finest rock guitarist of all time.

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